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  • The Robertson Trust - Public Debt and Arrears in Scotland report

    Created: 18/01/2023, Updated: 19/01/2023

    The Robertson Trust has published new research showing that many low-income families are being pushed into debt and arrears by the public bodies meant to be helping them through the cost-of-living emergency.

    • Over one in ten (12%) of the lowest-income households are behind on council tax bills, compared to one in a hundred for the highest income.
    • More than half of households (51%) who are behind on council tax are having to cut back on food to save money. This compares to one in three (36%) lowest income and around one in five (18%) of all households.
    • More than one in three (37%) of households behind on their council tax have had to borrow from friends and family due to their debt levels compared to one in ten (9%) of all households.



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